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From Catwalk to Sidewalk
I’ve been thinking for a while about doing some kind of study-at-home course to learn more about the history of fashion.When I chose my university major all those years ago, I didn’t choose things which particularly interested me on an intellectual level. I chose something I thought would be fun (I got to live abroad for a year) and would help me get a job at the end of it all. Oh, how I’d do things differently if I did them now!
Anyway, I looked at the Open University and other places but nowhere seemed to do a purely academic fashion history course which lets you study from home.
So I went onto Amazon.com and had a look to see what I could find out for myself, and I found A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries: From Catwalk to Sidewalk. This book was just the ticket!
It gives a comprehensive history of fashion in the 20th and 21st centuries, including fashion trends, influential designers, and much much more! I can’t claim to have read it all yet, but I’m gradually working my way though it and it’s absolutely fascinating. It's also surprisingly readable, a great improvement from a lot of the textbooks I had at uni! I’m hoping to be a real fashion history expert by the time I’ve finished.
The second edition of this has just been released which also includes 21st Century fashion influences, trends, and technology. Oh, and it is packed with illustrations and photos too! Anyway, that’s enough chatting from me, I want to get back to reading it…
A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Second Edition: From Catwalk to Sidewalk by Bonnie English